Aviation Photo #0211543: Boeing 747-228BM - Air France


Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Justin Cederholm
    Air France
    Boeing 747-228BM
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    Boeing
    21745
    370
    F-BPVY
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    October 28, 2001
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#0211543
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January 06, 2002
Caption
Yeah, he is REAL low! If Air France had names for their aircraft like Pan Am did, we could call this one "Clipper of the Fence".
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1024px
Height
763px

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Comments (309)

Anonymous
11 years ago
UNREAL PIC HEY, GREAT ONE
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think that the picture is great, but the quality lets it down alot
Anonymous
11 years ago
The position of the aircraft in relation to the spectators on the beach. Surely the engine wash would not be very good to anyone lying on the beach though?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Makes you want to visit this beach to see just how close the planes come.
Anonymous
11 years ago
U can almost touch it before it lands, it seems.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A very common seashore landscape and this huge machine filling the horizon
Anonymous
11 years ago
I've seen lots of pics and videos of this beach and every time I wish I was there on my next vacation. Someday...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just a great Photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
First it is a beach he/she is about to land on, then a school football field?? The shot is crisp and clear, just beautiful. The man standing there in his little trunks is not bad to look at either!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a noisy beach :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
The proximity of the aircraft to the bathers is awesome. The photograph is great but the location does it for me
Anonymous
11 years ago
A very nice photo goodjob
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think that a photo had to be extrordinary or strange and this is so.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Close call.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is such an amazing photo that I actually felt the need to confirm its authenticity with my cousin who is a pilot. He told me that not only was it an authentic photo, but an amazing thing to see in person as well. I think as a vacationer it would be awesome for about an hour or two, but after that point it wouldn't exactly be a relaxing tropical vacation!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great plane spotting destination plenty of heavies arriving here.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just amazing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I specially like the nude guy watching the landing. :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
St Maarten is SO well known for that kind of pictures... incredible ! Congradulations to ALL pilots doing it , each days !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's really difficult to catch a high-speed moving object like this.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just amazing........
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Its all in the details
Anonymous
10 years ago
You can see EVERYTHING in this photo, except the peoples faces in the windows, who are on the plane. Great shutter work.
Anonymous
10 years ago
SXM still offers the best chances for real low flying ac pics :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb shot can you imagine getting a shot of a lifetime like this one here in the uk !!! i thought my photography was good ? dek.t
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very impressive shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's as if it would be impossible to do this type of landing! This is unreal. A brilliantly captured aviation moment.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The feature that appeals to me is the (1) one of a time photo of an airliner (no doubt the pilot(s) flying skills) of just clearing obsticles and the closness of the people to the actual landing of the aircraft.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just amazing shot!
JUST GREAT!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I don't like the man's butt in the foreground.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was there and its great to see these planes take off and land. They blow the water back out of the bay. There's a great bar called the sunset beach bar where you can watch these babies land.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Such a rare shot! Congratulations on perfectly capturing it!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing photo. Shame about the weather. Imagine being under it during the approach.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW! I bet I can reach up and touch the gear and then get blown back into the ocean! Sounds fun. :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
I really like this photo. I have fs2004. Anyone knows how can I download a good free scenery of it?
Anonymous
10 years ago
St.Maarten Beats Tai Kai Any Day!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Check the distance to the fence!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, 1.1 million views! It must be that guy's arse ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is gorgeous, even the Air France Part! (for the first time ever)
Anonymous
10 years ago
This looks crazy, don't people get hurt!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This look is SO crazy
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've seen the same thing in action here in Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines where beyond the runway is a beach, but is not a resort and the airport only acommodate B737's and A320's. Only that, photographing of the aircraft is prohibited, can somebody tell me why do they prohibit such act???
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's gotta be loud!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Up Personal And Close
Anonymous
10 years ago
I am a 747 pilot and it is curios, but I can say, this plane is not flying low, it is the airport, which is very near of the beach
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thank you captain obvious (below).
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, how on earth was a shot like that captured. Unbelievable.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just a well taken photo, St Maarten is somewhere we would all like to go to to even try to get shots like this....
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love the classic 74s. AF proving that their pilots can carry these birds as low as they can go. AWESOME!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
...
Speechless...
I'd give anything to be on short finals @ SXM one day!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Can you believe how close to the beach this aircraft comes. Awesome!! So is St.
Marteen
Anonymous
10 years ago
You know, I HAVE to go there sometime just for the airplanes! I'm not a beach freak, but when you can be a few feet away from a 747 and not either be going in or out of it for another one of your "sit there for a few hours and be bored because you're not the pilot" yipeehahawhee flights; or about to be escorted disgracefully from the airliner ramp because you were out with the big guys when you weren't supposed to, it's REALLY worth it! Hahaha! :)
P.S., congratulations if you could follow me on that one!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a fasinating photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's the limbo star. How low can you go?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Its a great photo because of the people.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love the naked booty!
Anonymous
10 years ago
There's no way this can be legal?
Anonymous
10 years ago
You can literally "reach out and touch it." I cannot imagine being that close to such a mammoth flagship. I am in awe of this picture. I have to get to that beach. Bring on the wine!
Anonymous
10 years ago
In this picture you can almost hear the screams from the plane.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Best ever!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Capturing the whole plane in the shot while panning perfectly and not having any blur makes this an awesome photo. You also get a good sense of scale with the people in the foreground and the buildings in the back.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I always thought this was fake until, that is, I went to St. Martin. Flying in over that beach is a really weird experience. You almost feel as if you can reach down and touch the people(that particular beach, btw, is probably the worst beach on St. Martin...it's tiny and, well, next to an airport!). Incidentally, the photo is probably taken from a outdoors bar that is quite popular during the day and early evening. I never saw a 747 land, but I saw one take off. But what's really freaky is that at the end of the runaway there stands this seemingly enormous mountain! Every plane, as soon as it lifts off, makes a sharp bank right to avoid hitting this mountain. Trust me, many Gin and Tonics were required before I got on the departing flight!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Simply magnificent...This gotta be the aviation enthusiasts FAVORITE beach.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A few feet/meters lower and it's a water landing.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo helps one understand what the travel books mean when they say "some airport noise". We've been to St. Maarten and I remember reading that comment about some of the hotels/condos prior to leaving. What a fabulous picture taken in a fabulous little island.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've never seen anything like this! It's Unreal. When I first saw this image I thought it was photoshopped.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The incongruity of the position and sheer size of the aircraft vs the people on the beach. A bit scary!
Anonymous
10 years ago
There is nothing special in this photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Never seen anything like that!
Anonymous
10 years ago
SUPERB PHOTO. Pozdrawiam Mati
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbelievable!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is some place I have to go. :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Only in amsterdam can u take a pic like this, with the plane so low 2 the ground.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incredible shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW ,a truly amazing place to go to.A spectacular photo I can see why this is the all-time best photograph and so low too!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clipper of the fence it certainly is :) Nice one Air France. Brilliant shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow this is really scary! Great capture though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I didn't think that a plane would go this low! LOL
Anonymous
10 years ago
It is a nice picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incredible action shot in a very hazardous approach area!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbeliviable - fly air france
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool pic.
Anonymous
10 years ago
"clipper of the fence" heavy cleard to land runway 2L
Anonymous
10 years ago
Extremely low. Not great detail but great view.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic closeup
Anonymous
10 years ago
Top photo. i am wonderink if they always fly this low. Karl
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just returned from a trip to st martins, there's some geat dutyfree bargains to be had and obviously some fabulous sightseeing from the beaches, how did i miss them
Anonymous
10 years ago
NICE!!!! top stuff
Anonymous
10 years ago
That pic is so awsome
Anonymous
10 years ago
Everybody is just looking go boeing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great example of earth bound (beach,fence,buildings,people) and air bound. In this case the Air France 747. It also exemplifies the precariousness of flight landing on earth.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice pic shame there was no one brave enogh to stand underneth
Anonymous
10 years ago
You wouldn't think it's real. incredible! Not sure if I'd be at ease bathing there though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I guess the tower also control the traffic local lights?
Anonymous
10 years ago
And I thought JAL pilots were crazy!



Alejandro
Anonymous
10 years ago
Once upon a time... I had a dream, to be a pilot. Unfortunately, I'm not. But when I see pictures like that, I know, that was right dream...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture from beach!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a great shot of a boeing 747, air france.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perhaps the only location a photo, such as this, could be taken.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It s impressive, artistic, real, imaginative, combines nature and man-made monsters , just to look and admire both earthly and God s creation.
Terrrrrrific .
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats the sweetest picture ever of the beautiful beast
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great detail and very still. He framed the hole plane and the contrast is great.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Been there and it's a rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
My wife and I transfered from St Maarten and flew on to St. Barths. On approach we flew right over the top of people. I couldn't believe it. Now this picture gives me both perspectives. It's truly amazing. The picture is real.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Must have been one of the Jagaur pilots at Loosiemouth in the early days before the fence was taken down
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love the fact that it's a big one landing veeery short.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The best of this is when you aproach on TNCM the Airport doesn´t have ILS!! but you can make a VOR aproach so you have to be careful by no fly too low.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Probably the pilots try to remove a nail from his tires before landing? Amazingly close / why destroy a fence that looks apparently new.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!It is incredible to be able to see aircraft as big as the 747 as close to people as it is in this picture. I would love to stay on that beach watching the aircraft come in! Well done!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This pic rocks
Anonymous
10 years ago
It looks like unreal
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW... nice shot, looks like unreal !!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
The right place at the right time with camera at the ready.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
Captures the pre-touchdown drama and the risk to the beach-goers below.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice one
Anonymous
10 years ago
The perspective of the plane to the surroundings is awesome!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Yikes! One could just hop out of the rear door and enjoy a day at the beach without the airport hassle routine
Anonymous
10 years ago
The photographer puts the aircraft size in perspective with the terrain on final approach, crossing the threshhold.
Anonymous
10 years ago
To see a plane so close whene you are on the beach. imagine being under it whene it lands, the sound and the view of the passengers. you might see them at your hotel later on.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome Photo. Also shows how stupid beach goers can be. again a great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
The sun the beatch and so on
Anonymous
10 years ago
IMHO the world's BEST beach...a pair of earmuffs will come in very handy there!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow that is amazing and the idiots are standing right there... lol well nice pic
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
10 years ago
Its just fantastic
Anonymous
10 years ago
Man,I wish I was there!!Fabulous shot!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very beautiful!!!!

except the plane tnhat is very horrible!!!

If were an Airbus A380
Anonymous
10 years ago
They did say they'd fly direct, but come on!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow man! but wonder how the sound will be
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome .... simply Awesome... also... couldnt help but notice that the guy in the foreground.. seems not to be wearing any swim gear... Ermz.. I guess the passengers are having a "nice" view also...
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is so cool! Wish I could be there!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Watching this while standing on the beach, like this man, must have felt like...! And that roaring noise!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well, he is certainly a little lower than usual, if you look at the lines on the runway, that marks there is a displaced threshold...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Indeed he is very low...methinks the pilots to St Maarten have competitions to see who can get the lowest and frighten the most tourists...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow. Incredible
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool photo!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This guy is so low you can almost see the passengers' faces!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great Picture! I especially love the man's butt!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Who is that naked man??
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome photo! well done ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Love the way people are seriously trying to relax and sunbath on a beach - under a 747
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ok but dude needs a better swim suit i mean common its PINK
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats cool, almost like the ones that fly over the beach the 2nd to last time i was in california, similar.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW! i want to go there NOW!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow great picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a sensational shot- you don't see that everyday!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats a great picture up close!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome! I wish I was there. Bye the way, what was the length of the runway? Does anybody know?
Anonymous
10 years ago
The definative Airliners.net photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Since the first time I saw a picture similar to this, I said "I have to go there". And I did. This is MAHO BEACH in Saint Marteen. The runway is so short that big airplanes have to use every single inch of it. I was standing behind when an american airline 777 was blasting off. That was one of the best expirence of my life.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clarity and realism
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, that plane is flying low! people could touch it! the pilot must have to pay very close attention.
spenser critterton 10
Anonymous
10 years ago
I dont think you can get enought of these pictures of 747, epesially not the ones trying to land at Maarten =)

Toprates /Rickard ,Sweden
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's pretty cool. I wonder if the air from the engines blow all your stuff away when you're so close..
Anonymous
10 years ago
Moments from landing you can almost touch
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbelievable
Anonymous
10 years ago
I cant believe how close that AF 747 is to the ground. If your not interested in aviation thats not the best place to be on the beach
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent photo of a place all aviation enthausiats should have been at least once in their lifetime. Sad thing is that I stil have to go...

Runway lenght according to the Jeppesen chart: 7152' (2180m)
Anonymous
10 years ago
I would love to be in that car!
Anonymous
9 years ago
It is exelent
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great angle - you can see him banking left, too. Not his best approach ever, I would say!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Is it fun to stay at this beach?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great timing. Being this close to a heavy when landing is an experience that is surely beaten only by being this close to one taking off.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Such a dramatic shot. No blur, technically excellent, for a 'snap' shot.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's an average shot and quality is not good!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hi Justin
Great shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Unbelievable pic .
Anonymous
9 years ago
I've never seen anything like it before
Anonymous
9 years ago
Beautiful and shocking photo of a great airliner!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I would love to be at that beach.
excellent pic
Anonymous
9 years ago
That is crazy awsome
Anonymous
9 years ago
A very stunning, wonderful exposure of the aerodynamics
Anonymous
9 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think you could get a tan from the jetwash alone.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Well seing this shot one wonders whether he made it to the runway or he broke a few aproch lights, before putting its wheels down !!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Have a nice holiday - adventure is guarantee
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Incredible and amazing
Anonymous
9 years ago
I love the fact that it is well lit, it's position is unbelievably low, most people would think it has been photo shopped in. Also having people on the beach gives you a sense of scale. Great timing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is incredible! The perspective of the people on the beach makes it fascinating.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The size of the airliner seems surreal in relation to the rest of the scene.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Sure would love to be looking out the window of this AF jet with dead aimright on that cutie on the beach.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This photo is excelent, congratulationes
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very nice airshot, congratulations
Anonymous
9 years ago
It was a very very funny photo i would not like to be on that beach!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This deserves 10* number one on airliners.net
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is THE place to make holidays for spotters, simply incredible !
Anonymous
9 years ago
The illusion that the 747 is practically on the beach - I assume this was a normal landing, but possibly the approach was a little low - does anyone know?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Its just worth it.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This would definitely add some excitement to catching some rays on the beach. Has there ever been a case of someone being blown off the beach?
Anonymous
9 years ago
WOW,nice photo,I would like to see that!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
OMG that 747 nearly hit the fence. St Maartin must be a wicked place to watch planes *****
Anonymous
9 years ago
The photo looks awesome. The details of the surrounding area is so clear and I am very happy that i am not the pilot having to land the plane.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Exciting it is sooo close!
Anonymous
9 years ago
The size of the plane relative to the beach and the strip
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is an awesome photo, amazing!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very very rare, excellent one
Anonymous
8 years ago
Absolutely crazy photo , great shot
Anonymous
8 years ago
Incredible!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Incredible context! No illusions here! The end of this runway (09) really is at the beach!
Anonymous
8 years ago
It´s amazing. you don´t know if the plane is really going to land right there or what is hapenning. And people in the beach make it even better; they look just curious. I would be running!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice photo
Anonymous
8 years ago
Eighth art!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Excellent landing marvulous....very expirt piolot..
amazing lanidng with 747.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Faboulous Shot, five stars.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I was just there last week.. those planes come in SUPER low... and the bar from where the picture was taken will give free drinks to people who can hold on to the fence when a big jet takes off [take off landings are teh same direction...]
Anonymous
8 years ago
WOW thats an exelent time and place to have a camera ready!!!!
-m@tt
Anonymous
8 years ago
Awesome Photo. Maho the world's BEST beach
Anonymous
8 years ago
Love the proximity of the beach to the landing strip
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic. Timing, luck and opportunity. No word to describe it
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very low and contrast between beach and airport
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing landing!
Anonymous
8 years ago
This airplane is so low you could almost reach up and touch it!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I agree! Unbelievable!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very nice , is a coll photo
Anonymous
8 years ago
Nice bum mate!!! How low is that. WOW
Anonymous
8 years ago
It's unbeliveable awesome photo. congrats!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Reeeeaaally good picture
Anonymous
8 years ago
Really nice picture. I'd like Air France to use 747's again on this route
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing!!!!!! well done for reaching "most popular photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome! Would love to see this in real.
Congs!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Only one word is enough to describe this picture......
Extraordinary!!!!


Anonymous
7 years ago
Quite real...wow!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Really very low nd good shot !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow!Nice Shot.I think IF you jump.you can touch it
Anonymous
7 years ago
Too close for comfort!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great timing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Holy smoke! Might as well cook a few sausages on the jet exhausts!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I have seen this at least 10 times and every time I do...WOW
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW! This is an amzing photo! I ahve always wanted to go to Princess juliana Airport to see these planes as they come into land! Congratulations on snagig an amazing shot! This is going onto my desktop background!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The best place to see a plane but don't stay behind when the plane left!!!!St-Mateen pricess Juliana Airport!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awsome photo, huge plane, holey smockes
Anonymous
7 years ago
Almost a touchdown
Anonymous
7 years ago
YES . really is very nice , very
Anonymous
7 years ago
Excellent Photography
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful beach!
nice jumbo jet!
remember me-zhongnan
Anonymous
7 years ago
It`s just grate
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo.thanks.erick payan.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Best photo in the world
Anonymous
7 years ago
I like this photo because the aircraft looks as if its balancing on the fence
Anonymous
7 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
7 years ago
I didn't believe that SXM could have real landing shots like these, but they ARE real. WOW! Sun, sea, sand, and a monster 747 barely a few feet above you...SXM is truly a spotter's paradise! Once in a lifetime shot! P.S. funny photo description!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Congratulations! this is the most viewed pic. in airliners.net! over 2.5 million views!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
That's Air Fence :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Believe it or not
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow! hope to go there sometime next year... great picture!
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is one of the most popular photo in A.net!!

nice shot and a lot of comments btw!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice!
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's surreal. certainly gets ones interest.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great shot i just want to trow a rope up there and go for a ride lol really nice
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice girl in the down of the photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
Extremely awesome. Flawless picture
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very good
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is nothing seeing it a picture, you should try to see it live like I did, its unbeleivable, what a rush being so close on landings, then the take off are more impressive as the planes turn towards the ocean and hit the afterburner, girls hang on to your tops...
Anonymous
6 years ago
Why do you think their is no sand on this beach? thats why!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wohoooo... i like that :-)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Landing gear down and barely clearing the new building structure.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Oh the 747 .. diddn't notice it, i was distracted by the speedo's hahaha
Anonymous
6 years ago
That guy looks almost naked. Haha
Anonymous
6 years ago
I love this picture because you could just jump from the plane and start your vacation hours sooner
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome
Anonymous
6 years ago
Clear day, perfect beach now all you need is a screaming 747 coming right at you!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Takes Skills To Do That. this is the closest i have ever seen people this close to a 747 in motion.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It is still the number ONE (1) photo for over SIX years!!!!
for something that is a simple image I tip my hat to its photographer.
hope to see a next big shot.

EGM2
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wow, this is a great photo, ive seen planes on youtube at this airport close to the public, but never this close! and to be the most seen photo for many years, good photography!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Splendid!
Anonymous
5 years ago
No more Air France 742s!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very sharp shot. Nice contrast with the sky/clouds.
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is really extreme. Must visit and experience this myself.
Anonymous
5 years ago
How can such a large aircraft land more perfectly!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
The comments just keep on coming........
Fantastic pic however!
Anonymous
5 years ago
An early 747 just about to touch down at wonderous St. Marrtan. Great shot, this mid age A/C still doing the job it was designed to do. Carry On , doing a great job.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome Pic ! Need to get there to see it all by myself.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Only........ Great !!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Amzing photo. I wish i could be there myself...
Anonymous
5 years ago
One of the lowest approaches I have ever seen at this airport! Also ,look at the dark-skinned man.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Nothing special
Anonymous
4 years ago
Its the visual impact of a precise happening in aviation at anytime with awesome sight and a complicated approach and landing.
Anonymous
4 years ago
BEAUTIFUL
Anonymous
4 years ago
Sharp guy in cockpit! Intall this about 100 tons at hot weather and wind exact at the correct point of runway.
Anonymous
4 years ago
I just LOVE SXM!!!
best airport ever
Anonymous
4 years ago
Timing is everything, and the timing of this pic at the exact moment of this jumbo on final could not be better!

My wife looked at this pic for awhile. Then, her eyes looked up and she said, "Hey, there's a plane in this picture!" How dare Air France barge in on her buttwatching!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Thumbs up if you still watch it in 2012! :)
Anonymous
4 years ago
Perfect! so close, wish i would witness!
Anonymous
3 years ago
What a great photo, and an even better description!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Is it lower than the usual approach?
Anonymous
3 years ago
It amazes me that this photo is still the most viewed on airliners.net despite the plethora of excellent SXM shots taken with the latest and greatest DSLRs!
Regards from SAN
Anonymous
3 years ago
Thanks you all for the kind words over the past 10 years. Trust me, I'm still in amazement it ever made #1.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Cool! :)
Anonymous
3 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
3 years ago
I like that guys cheeks
Anonymous
2 years ago
Very good
Anonymous
1 year ago
I love this photo very much. Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
7 months ago
This is a great pic, taken from one of the most iconic approaches in the world. It is especially rare, due to the overcast sky and rain clouds; compared to the usual bright blue sky without a cloud in site.
2 months ago
Can't get much lower than that....any lower, and the guy standing on the beach will get knocked out by the landing gear!
30 days ago
I was there in 2009 with my family. Unfortunately, there were no planes coming in on that morning when our cruise stopped in St. Maarten! I guess we came at an unlucky time :(. Better luck next time!